May We Recommend - Bookworms K5 Literacy

Bookworms is an early literacy program offered by Open Up Resources, a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality educational resources to K-12 schools. The Bookworms program is designed to help students in grades K-2 develop strong reading skills and a love of reading through the use of engaging and culturally responsive texts.

The program is based on the science of reading and incorporates evidence-based instructional practices, such as explicit phonics instruction and guided reading. It includes a comprehensive curriculum that covers all the essential components of early literacy, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Here are some of the key features of the Bookworms program:

  1. Classical and age-appropriate books: The program features a diverse collection of texts that represent a variety of cultures and experiences, helping to engage and motivate students. The books we recommend and build our lessons around can be found at local libraries. We align suggested books with history instruction when possible.
  2. Structured lessons: The program provides teachers with structured lesson plans that include explicit instruction in phonics and other key reading skills. We've programmed Bookworms into our K-3 reading Lesson Guides, and if you subscribe to our digital content, our teaching staff walks you through the steps of teaching emergent readers. Open Up Resources has a number of student and teacher manuals and how-to resources to make your instruction effective and impactful.
  3. Differentiated instruction: The program includes resources to support differentiated instruction, allowing teachers to tailor their instruction to meet the individual needs of each student. In the home setting, this differentiation allows you to take more time and focus more attention on skills (writing, vocabulary, grammar) that your student may need.
  4. Assessment tools: The program includes a range of assessment tools, including running records, comprehension assessments, and progress monitoring tools, to help teachers track students' progress and adjust their instruction accordingly.
  5. Professional development: The program provides teachers with professional development opportunities, including webinars, videos, and online courses, to support their implementation of the program and their own professional growth.

Overall, the Bookworms program is designed to help students develop strong reading skills and a love of reading through the use of engaging and culturally responsive texts and evidence-based instructional practices. The program aims to improve early literacy outcomes for all students by providing teachers with high-quality resources and professional development opportunities. Visit for supplies, research, and additional information.

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